TFA to Rebroadcast Nathan the Wise This Weekend

Posted: July 3, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Theater of the First Amendment’s (TFA) landmark production of Nathan the Wise, adapted from G. E. Lessing’s 18th century play by Robinson Professor Paul D’Andrea, will be rebroadcast by WETA-TV, Channel 26, on Sunday, July 7, at 3 p.m. Nathan the Wise is the story of a fragile peace wrought by the enlightened Muslim ruler Saladin from the strife of the Holy Land in the 12th century, the time of the Third Crusade. Using suspense, romance, humor, and parable as its storytelling tools, the play portrays each of the three “people of the book” (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) in positive, humane terms and demonstrates how religious tolerance can be the foundation for peace.

Nathan the Wise premiered in TheaterSpace last fall to critical acclaim and passionate audience response. Following the successful theatrical production, TFA collaborated with WETA-TV on a television version, which was first aired this spring on WETA. Interest in the play has continued, with interfaith discussion and reading groups forming around the text and its many layers of insight. A theatrical remount and wider distribution of the television production are both under consideration for the future.

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